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  • Minimum Credits
  • Estimated Tuition
  • Duration
    2 Years

Program Overview

Saint Mary's University of Minnesota's unique Master of Arts in Integrated Studies program allows you to design a customized course structure that best matches your interests and career goals.

Choose Classes That Match Your Goals

By creating a curriculum that includes independent studies, program electives that fit their focus, and classes offered in other degree programs, graduate students are given the opportunity to explore the development of children and adults of all ages as broadly or as in-depth as they'd like.

Students can choose to:

  • Study a narrow topic not available elsewhere
  • Combine two or more topics or disciplines
  • Learn a unique topic at an individual pace
  • Combine an academic interest with specific career goals

The breadth of courses is substantial. Throughout the M.A. in Integrated Studies, a rigorous learning experience places an emphasis on applying critical thinking and evaluation skills to better understand how various theories of development provide a context for an individuals life situation. Graduates of the Saint Mary's M.A. in Integrated Studies program (formerly the M.A. in Human Development) have gone on to have successful careers as educators, counselors, advocates for social justice, leadership coaches, wellness coaches, and more.

Program Options

Because the M.A. in Integrated Studies program is so flexible, there are lots of options to choose from.

You can earn your M.A. in Integrated Studies degree in a little more than two years.

Cohorts begin each spring and fall.

Course Information

Students design an individual program plan in conjunction with an advisor using theories, concepts, and ways of thinking from more than one discipline to focus study on an area of interest. The combination of scholarship, mentoring, and program flexibility allows individuals to create programs leading to professional enhancement and community contributions. Areas of study are customized and diverse. 

For more information and course descriptions, check out our course catalog.

Applicants must submit:

  1. Completed application form
  2. Non-refundable application fee
  3. Official transcripts posting the applicant’s completed bachelor degree
  4. Other relevant official transcripts documenting potential transfer credits
  5. International transcripts must be evaluated by a university-accepted evaluator
  6. A reflective essay which includes a brief description of the applicant’s background, training, and experience, a description of the areas the applicant considers to be their strengths and areas in which the applicant wishes to develop greater strengths and abilities, and any personal information the applicant wishes to share
  7. Two recommendations that verify professional and/or volunteer experience and/or academic ability
  8. A current résumé listing educational background and work experience
  9. Applicants with international transcripts may require an English language proficiency exam.
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Key Dates

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Start Date
Fall Semester
Spring Semester
Fall Semester

Tuition & Fees

Tuition: $525 Per Credit


Graduation fee:$190

The Saint Mary's Difference

The heart of Saint Mary's is its people — faculty, staff, and your fellow students — who become your companions and allies on your educational journey. Here, in an intense give-and-take setting, each of us discovers just how much we can learn. You'll find, in every one of our classrooms, a person-centered education focused on your growth, your potential — because we believe that everyone deserves the chance to make an impact, to change the world around them.

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